Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Musing: On Reading Volume

I have to admit, after reading some of the January 2010 wrap up posts, I'm feeling a bit inadequate about my reading volume. That is, the books I actually finish. I do skim quite a few books, as is evidenced by my constant flow of library books, but those obviously don't count.

My aunt also announced to me this morning (after I told her about my $1 coin thing for the A Buck A Book Challenge) that she read 6 books last week (Harlequins) and usually reads a book a day or so (which I also know since I'm the official carrier of said books the used book store when she's done).

My reading goal is to maintain or exceed the 10 books per month average rate I've had since 1994 when I started keeping track of the books I read. Obviously some months I finish more, some less, some way more. For the record, last year I hit 181 books for the year.

I do have to say that I take it with a grain of salt when people say they "read a book a day" or whatever. I just can't consider a Harlequin or children's book equal in weight to say the average non-fiction, and certainly not to a Tolkien. Not that I don't read children's books, of course. And not that a children's book or Harlequin or whatever is not as "good" as another book, just that it is different. I also don't count books that are under 75 pages, or that are "gift" books where they're mostly just quotes or whatever, with no particular substance.

So, my question is, what are your thoughts on your reading volume? What are your reading volume goals? Do you set a specific goal or do you just wing it and whatever you end up with is cool? Does speed reading or skimming a book "count" as reading it?


Diane said...

I am not trying to compete with any one, everyone reads at a different pace and has different situations at home. When I worked full time I read about 1-2 books a week, now I don't work and read 3-5 depending on the book.

Most important is that the reader enjoys and recalls what they've read IMO.

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